Saturday, May 5, 2018

San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, Thursday, May 3, 2018

The roses were in perfect bloom having just started fully blooming.  With no spent blooms visible it was a perfect time for photographers, and the rose garden was just teeming with photographers, tourists, and our 17 watercolor artists enjoying the 5 1/2-acre garden with over 4,000 rose shrubs representing 189 varieties. The temperature was mild, but the sun did not appear until around noon.

For more information about the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden (voted America's Best Rose Garden in 2010), see the official website:


and the Friends of the Rose Garden website:


Upcoming paintsites:

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018:  CharMarron Peony Gardens, San Jose
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018:  To be determined
  • Thursday, May 24, 2018:  Cooper-Garrod Vineyards, Saratoga
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018:  Holbrook-Palmer Park, Atherton
Shows and Exhibits:

  • Tanvi Buch has a one woman show at the Red Berry Coffee Bar, 145 Main St., Los Altos.   In May she'll have 16 watercolors on the ground floor, in June, another exhibit on the mezzanine.  Go for the artwork and while there enjoy a coffee and a pastry (or two - that's what I'll do) as this is an establishment that supports local artists.

  • Annie Haines's Point Reyes Lighthouse painting is an Associate Award winner at the Art Between Lines show of the California Art Club San Francisco Bay Chapter. Location: Peninsula Art Museum, Burlingame. Sunday April 29 - July 8, 2018.
Silicon Valley Open Studios:  

If you follow this blog you've seen many of our Paintsites artists' fine plein air work.   This is a great chance to meet them and see their excellent studio artwork.   Note:  Typically they share a venue with "studio" artists so there will be more than just the artists named below at each venue.    Also, unfortunately, altho' most venues offer "light" refreshments, they don't specify what they're serving so there's no way to plan which to visit on the basis of what's to eat --- you'll just have to visit all of them and find out for yourself.

  • Saturday and Sunday, May 5th & 6th:
Annie Haines + Jane Saltman -- Los Altos
Jeanne  De Campos-Rousseau   +   Karen Druker  +  Karen Olsen -- Los Altos Hills
Kaaren Marquez -- Mtn. View
Christine Oliver -- Belmont
  • Saturday and Sunday, May 12th & 13th:
Jeanne  De Campos-Rousseau   +   Karen Druker   +  Karen Olsen -- Los Altos Hills
Christine Oliver -- Sunnyvale
  • Saturday and Sunday, May 19th & 20th:
John "The Painter of Rusty (and other) Things" Ediger -- San Jose
Annie Haines -- San Jose
Don Paquin -- San Jose

The beautiful garden:

The garden with fountain and redwood trees  (photo by Edward Rooks)

One beautiful rose (photo by Edward Rooks)

Some artists picked an individual rose or small group from one shrub:

Salinda and Dick

Salinda's white roses

Salinda's second rose painting

Dick's pen and ink with watercolor wash


Brad's painting of a group of roses


Susan B-G

Susan B-G's roses on a trellis were visited by a caterpillar


Lorraine's first rose painting

Lorraine's second rose painting


Marilyn was happy to have her umbrella when the sun finally came out.

Marilyn's painting of floribunda "Rainbow Sorbet"

Some artists captured the whole garden:


Annie drew her starting sketch with brush and watercolor


Judi's panorama includes several artists at work


Mary's painting of the garden

Edward's painting of fountain, many rows of roses and background trees

Edward's painting of Grace through the rose-covered trellis


Grace's pen and ink drawing with watercolor wash


Joe included some techniques from Joyce Hicks's recent watercolor workshop


Benay included fountain and roses


Helen captured the bright colors of the garden
After lunch we shared our work:

Susan B-G is pointing out something she really likes about Brad's painting.
(Photo by Edward Rooks)

The artists posed for a group photo

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